Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission.
Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
June 28 & 30: Women and Men: Click on Canvas
Using paint to unleash their feelings, women and men artists confront the blank paper, board, and canvas as equals.
June 29 & July 1: Life, Death, and Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst is an artist of fascinating contradictions—a sheep preserved in formaldehyde and glass; a human skull encrusted with diamonds; butterflies mounted on bright yellow house paint. We are enthralled and horrified; we are repelled and inspired. Hirst explores death via life and leaves his meaning to the viewer's emotions.
July 5 & 7: Dance Regalia: Art of Adornment
What do beads, bones, feathers, porcupine quills, fringe, and fur have in common? All are elements of adornment on Native American dance regalia. Explore “danceable” works of art created by artists with love, honor, and extraordinary skill.
July 6 & 8: Painting American Indian Dance
Paintings and drawings illustrating a variety of native dances found primarily in the Plains region and the Southwest will be discussed. The works range from paintings done in the style taught at the Santa Fe Indian School in the 1920s and 1930s to contemporary pieces.
July 12 & 14: “…A pretty Jest, Indeed!”
Just how did Welsh-born portrait artist John Downman end up depicting amateur Shakespeare dramatics for playful high society in 19th-century Merrie Olde England? "And the gent did'st a valorous job as well?"
July 13 & 15: An Exuberant Dance of Youth
Join a pageant of joyful, free spirits dancing across an idyllic Arcadian landscape, and discover the essence of Arthur Frank Mathews’ California Decorative Style.
July 19 & 21: Women Outside the Lines
Explore the psychology of dynamic dualities within the couplings of Frankenthaler/Motherwell, Krasner/Pollock, and the de Koonings. We'll explore creativity born from the tension between opposites, through the lens of a remarkable era of American painting.
July 20 & 22: The Medium Sends the Message
Find yourself drawn to intrigue as we explore the eye-catching essence of an event in posters by Phil Risbeck and the late John Sorbie.
July 26 & 28: Summer in Europe
Let’s escape to Europe in the summertime, as we explore lush landscapes, salty seascapes, and some seasonal surprises.
July 27 & 29: May I Have This Dance?
To sway, whirl, pirouette rhythmically, feel inspired, and DANCE! Through the ages dance has entertained but also reflected cultural and political trends. We will explore the personal and professional lives of dance icons Anna Pavlova, Martha Graham, and La Carmencita.
August 2 & 4: The Wild, Wild West in 3-D
Form + force + material= vital dynamism in the sculptures of Ed Mell and Harry Jackson.
August 3 & 5: Culture of China in Furniture and Robes
Explore Chinese culture through the exquisite robes and furniture of this fascinating country.
August 9 & 11: Krasner: The Ever Changing Image
Can a changing self-image be reflected in art? Explore Lee Krasner’s fascinating journey—intellectual, personal, and professional. Discuss her impact on the Abstract Expressionism movement and view the progression of her images and career.
We will explore the connection between choreographer Martha Graham, her ballet Lamentation, and Abstract Expressionist Judith Godwin on level 4 then move to level 2 to discuss Graham's collaboration with sculptor Isamu Noguchi for her ballet, Cave of the Heart.
August 16 & 18: Rosina—Muse, Model, or Lover?
John Singer Sargent's intrigue and fascination with Rosina, a Mediterranean beauty, challenges us to look more closely at his inspiration, style, and technique. Join us for a discussion of this provocative portrait and surprise yourself by creating one of your own.
August 17 & 19: Classical Ooze
The Jellyfish Fry painting attracts attention with its oozing appearance but is steeped in art history. Christian Rex van Minnen pairs Old Masters painting techniques with Surrealist distortions. Come travel through the centuries of art with this unsettling beauty.
August 23 & 25: The Power of Dance
Drums, eagle-feather fans, and figures in motion. Dive deep into Louis Fenno’s painting of the Ute Indian Bear and Sun Dances, looking closely at how the artist depicted these significant gatherings of community.
August 24 & 26: Meet Our Lady of Sorrows
Join us as we get acquainted with the bulto of Our Lady of Sorrows and learn more about arts patron Anne Evans and her many contributions to the DAM.
August 30 & September 1: The Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance
We will explore how artists capture the energy and rhythm of dances like the Charleston and Jitterbug.
August 31 & September 2: Cornwell: Process & Characters
Once nicknamed “Dean of Illustrators” by Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell was a prolific American illustrator and muralist who remains unknown to many of us. Come discover and explore the characters Cornwell created in Gold Rush II and learn about his artistic process.